Adam Hart-Davis, who fronted adverts for HMRC using the slogan "Tax doesn't have to be taxing", has realised that this message may in fact be slightly misleading.
In a Radio Five Live interview he said:
"I wish tax was simpler".
During the interview he said that the system is too complex, especially for the self-employed; and noted that a flat rate of tax would be easier, and bring in more revenue.
Mr Hart-Davis then went on to analyse the root cause of the problems within HMRC. This being the decision by Gordon Brown to merge Customs & Excise and the Inland Revenue into a single department.
In Mr Hart-Davis's view this was a great mistake.
I concur, the merger has been mishandled and the tax system is far too complex.
All of these truths are self evident to the taxpayers, and the staff (who also pay taxes) working at HMRC.
Unfortunately, Brown and his associates don't admit to mistakes. Therefore as long as we are burdened with a Brown government, there will be no significant attempts to improve matters.
Under the son of the Manse, tax does have to be taxing.
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